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At Home at the Getty Center, May 1-2, 2010

April 19, 2010

LOS ANGELES—This spring, the acclaimed literary series Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story returns to the Getty Center from May 1-2, 2010 with an unforgettable lineup of stories.  Produced by New York's Symphony Space, this year’s series, At Home, features three performances by Hollywood and Broadway actors reading classic and new short fiction about home.  Moving, comical, romantic, heart wrenching, heartwarming, and thought provoking, these readings focus on the way we live.

Ed Asner, Leonard Nimoy, Fionnula Flanagan, Jane Kaczmarek, Christina Pickles, René Auberjonois, Kirsten Vangsness, JoBeth Williams, Keith Szarabajka, Freda Foh Shen and Isaiah Sheffer are among this year’s lineup of notable actors. They will give voice to stories penned by John Updike, David Drury, Richard Ford, Miranda July, Krista McGruder, Yasunari Kawabata, Peter Taylor, David Means, A.M. Homes, Nahid Rachlin, and Julie Otsuka

At Home will begin on the afternoon of Saturday, May 1 with Noisy Neighbors, stories that reveal the curiosities we have about our neighbors.   Saturday evening the program continues with If the Walls Could Talk, the secrets and tales of different types of households.  The Strangers That Live Close By, the unusual things that we don’t know about our neighbors and people we live with, concludes the series on Sunday, May 2.

Selected Shorts is the signature literary program produced by New York’s Symphony Space, with readings broadcast each week on National Public Radio, hosted by series director Isaiah Sheffer.

The Getty Center is the exclusive Southern California venue for Selected Shorts. Over the past 20 years, some of the finest actors of stage, screen, and television have come to the Getty to lend their voices to the series, including Alec Baldwin, Stockard Channing, Rachel Griffiths, Neil Patrick Harris, John Lithgow, Anjelica Huston, and William H. Macy.

All Selected Shorts programs are performed in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. Tickets are $20 ($15 for students and seniors) and are available at or by calling 310-440-7300.


Saturday, May 1 at 3:00 pm - NOSY NEIGHBORS

“Privacy” by Richard Ford, read by René Auberjonois
“The Shared Patio” by Miranda July, read by Kirsten Vangsness
“Things We Knew When the House Caught Fire” by David Drury, read by Keith Szarabajka

Saturday, May 1 at 7:00 pm - IF THE WALLS COULD TALK

“Not Quite Home Alone” by Krista McGruder, read by JoBeth Williams
“Porte-Cochère” by Peter Taylor, read by Leonard Nimoy
“Household” by Yasunari Kawabata, read by Fionnula Flanagan
"Plumbing" by John Updike, read by Ed Asner

Sunday, May 2 at 3:00 pm - THE STRANGERS WHO LIVE CLOSE BY

“The Knocking” by David Means, read by Isaiah Scheffer 
“Adults Alone” by A.M. Homes, read by Christina Pickles
“Strangers in the House” by Nahid Rachlin, read by Freda Foh Shen
“A Disappearance” by Julie Otsuka, read by Jane Kaczmarek

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Desiree Zenowich  
Getty Communications

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